Letter: Fort Peck Tribes only want 'free buffalo'
"I was reading your new USA Today version of The Gazette the other day and came across an opinion on Senate Bill 337 regarding transporting Yellowstone bison to the Fort Peck Reservation. Director Robert Magnan's vision does not appear to be based on the reality that I, an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Tribes, know.

A few years ago, I believed that a medical condition that I was being treated for qualified me to receive some of our tribal buffalo meat as the director seems to be promoting. I found this out from tribal game warden Bruce Bauer after I had purchased a commercially raised buffalo from an area rancher and was assured that in the fall of that year I would be able to get some buffalo meat. When fall arrived, I asked Bauer when I could get some meat. He advised me that Magnan had ordered that a semi-trailer load of buffalo be transported to Wyoming and was subsequently sold at a loss. The remaining buffalo that were available were bulls that could be purchased for $5,000 to $6,000, and I could shoot the one I wanted."

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Terry L. Boyd: Tribal leader just wants 'free buffalo' (The Billings Gazette 3/18)

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